HC Deb 16 June 1965 vol 714 c431
22. Mr. Alison

asked the Minister of Transport what proposals he has put forward for making the Yorkshire Ouse permanently navigable between Selby and Goole, and for making the latter harbour a constant-water port.

Mr. Swingler

None, Sir. Responsibility for the upper part of this stretch of the Yorkshire Ouse rests with the Ouse Navigation Trustees, and for the lower part and the port of Goole with the British Transport Docks Board.

Mr. Alison

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that a Selby shipbuilding firm which is generally recognised as one of the most up-to-date and dynamic of the smaller shipbuilding firms is now severely hampered by the inadequacies of this stretch of the river and that it is felt locally that the Minister should do more to develop, increase and widen the scope of the Yorkshire Ouse for shipbuilding purposes? Will he look at this again?

Mr. Swingler

I am afraid that my right hon. Friend has no responsibility here. The responsibility rests entirely with the Ouse Navigation Trustees, who are the York Corporation. If the hon. Gentleman cares to make any representations, we will pass them on to the appropriate authorities for immediate consideration.

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